Great News for Michigan Families, Children and Businesses

Jan 12, 2010, 15:29 ET from Michigan AFSCME Council 25

DETROIT, Jan. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Herbert Sanders, Director of Child Care Providers Together Michigan (CCPTM), issued the following statement:

"The decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals to dismiss the frivolous lawsuit (Loar v. Michigan Department of Human Services, et al) is great news for Michigan's children, working families, and businesses," stated Sanders.

"By throwing out the lawsuit brought by a tiny group of anti-small business, anti-government ideologues, bent on destroying the partnership of 40,000 Michigan child care providers, the court supported the families and children of Michigan, and the quality, affordable child care that Michigan businesses depend on to have reliable workers," continued Sanders.

"Three years ago, home-based child care providers overwhelmingly chose to join together as Child Care Providers Together Michigan (CCPTM) to help our children grow, learn and prosper.  Together, the child care providers of Michigan and their organization, work to encourage the quality child care options working parents and the businesses which employ them depend on.  Through CCPTM they have improved quality and availability of child care, while extending training and fair compensation to more providers," added Sanders.

"Michigan's working families and businesses depend on quality, home-based child care as one way to contribute to the state's economy.  Employers need reliable employees to keep their businesses open.  Working parents depend on reliable, affordable, quality child care to work. That's why state regulated and supported child care is a cost-effective way to build strong local workforces for our businesses.  And home-based providers are open early, late and on weekends when many parents who work jobs with non-traditional hours need access to child care most," Sanders pointed out.

"By joining together democratically and as part of a legal process for recognition of CCPTM, Michigan's child care providers have gained a voice and are working to ensure quality child care in our state, so we can continue to help Michigan families.  Providers working together means more children and their families get the care they need, and it means Michigan businesses have the reliable workforce necessary to contribute to the economy," concluded Sanders.

CCPTM is affiliated with Michigan Council 25 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), AFL-CIO.  Michigan AFSCME Council 25 represents more than 90,000 public workers across Michigan.  AFSCME International represents 1.4 million public workers nationwide.  News releases issued by Michigan AFSCME Council 25 are available at

SOURCE Michigan AFSCME Council 25